Wed, May 2, 2012
Over the last decade youth sports have faced a dramatic change. Recreation leagues are more competitive than ever and travelling teams seem to be the norm. Today's youth are more committed to their chosen sport than ever before. The intensity and skill-level required is exponentially greater than the previous generation. Proper physical technique is critical for injury-prevention and longevity.
The National Alliance for Youth Sports states that most injuries can be avoided by ensuring each athlete receives adequate rest and nutrition while monitoring form and technique. "Sometimes, injuries thought to be related to overuse are actually the result of poor mechanics. Teaching young athletes the proper technique for a particular sports skill is not done solely to increase performance, but also to prevent injury. Overuse injuries can sometimes be prevented by using movements that are less taxing on specific body parts."
SAQ (Speed Agility Quickness) is designed for athletes ages 7 – 19. Ryan Bolinger, a former defensive line coach and assistant to the head coach at the University of Tennessee, says the program emphasizes proper form. "These classes are not sport specific, but develop a better overall athlete. We focus on improving strength, speed, quickness, agility, coordination, and flexibility. Another important aspect is that we promote using proper technique for less risk of injury."
The program contributes to a child's athletic success by building confidence and endurance. SAQ focuses on fast-twitch muscle development, powerful first steps, coordination, and flexibility to destroy the common misconception of strength ceilings and personal speed limits. Click here to learn more about the program or call 865-268-0012 to have your child attend a free class.